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Shortlist for the 2022 SLA Information Book Award

The School Library Association has announced the 2022 shortlist for their Information Book Award (IBA). Now in its twelfth year, the IBA aims to emphasise the importance of non-fiction by highlighting and celebrating the high standard of children’s information books. The awards are divided into three age categories, judged by a panel of educators. Children […]

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2022 Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Winners Announced

The winners of the UK’s longest running book awards for children and young people, the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards have been announced. The Yoto Carnegie Medal is awarded to Katya Balen for her second novel October, October (Bloomsbury), illustrated by Angela Harding. October, October has also done the double and won this year’s Shadowers’ Choice […]

Found Book Author, Illustrator



All sorts of things grow in the most unexpected ways in Caryl Lewis’s story, and if readers don’t see gardening as something slightly magical when they pick up the book, they will by the time they reach the end. Marty values the evenings he spends with his grandad on his allotment.  Since his father left, […]

Found Book Author


The Colour of Hope

Award-winning author Ross MacKenzie has come up with a terrific story here, and the title is very clever, too. In the Dominion, most of the world is in shades of grey, as the Emperor, or rather his evil aunt, a Necromancer, has stolen all the colour, and they keep it for themselves, enjoying its life-giving […]


Cheesed Off

The mice love cheese so their ears prick up when from ‘UP Above’ they hear the word… but there is no cheese! Did someone say ‘Cheese’ again? But where is the cheese? It is a puzzle and a disappointment…or is it? This is a charming debut picture book where the concept and the illustrations work […]


Human Town

An important story about pollution, consumerism and the dangers of extinction, this picture book turns the usual plot about the extinction of animals into one about humans being the ones who may disappear from earth.  As such, it is chilling at the end, but very thought-provoking for older children.  The elephant family is enjoying spraying […]


Truth Be Told

Sue Divin’s book is set in Northern Ireland during the second half of 2019, a time of significance and tension for the region and its people. But, as in her highly regarded previous novel Guard Your Heart, she also uses the story of contemporary young people to shine light on the history of the Troubles […]


Me, In Between

Madina is 15, attending school in Germany. In history, her class is learning about the Second World War. The teacher shows photos of ‘mountains of corpses and hanging bodies’. She talks of prisoners herded like cattle into gas chambers. Madina puts her hand up: ‘I’ve also seen how people are killed. Back home.’ Far away, […]